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The Lost Squadron (1932)

Passed  -  Drama | History | War  -  12 March 1932 (USA)
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In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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Follette
Robert Armstrong ...
Woody
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The Pest
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Red
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Von Furst (as Erich Von Stroheim)
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Fritz
Ralph Ince ...
Jettick
Marjorie Peterson ...
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Ralph Lewis ...
Joe
William B. Davidson ...
Lelewer (as William Davidson)
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In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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12 March 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Vier  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.19 : 1
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Trivia

The original ending was deemed unclear and unbelievable, so a new ending was shot. As a result, 'Eric Linden', who was borrowed from Warner Bros. for a small part, was edited out of the film. See more »

Goofs

At the start, during the aerial dog fight, the front aiming machine guns fire too quickly for the bullets to pass through the propellers. See more »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep the Home-Fires Burning ('Till the Boys Come Home)
(1914) (uncredited)
Music By Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Lena Guilbert Ford
Played and partially sung on a record
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Flyers And Film Making for Buffs
18 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A rather different relic from the early sound era. The in vogue at the time fixation on "aeroplanes" was a justifiable wonder of the modern age. Also, the plight of the returning WWI soldiers was still very fresh in the public consciousness and this makes honorable use of the shortcomings of the soldiers homecomings.

This one goes quickly from the end of the war to the behind the scenes making of Moving Pictures circa 1920 Hollywood and that makes it of interest to film buffs (and flight freaks). Add in a bonus of Von Stroheim playing pretty much a take on his own eccentricities of a real life troubled Director.

It is a well mounted film with an interesting cast although Robert Armstrong's irritating drunk shows why, accept for King Kong the next year he will be forever mostly forgotten. But it is Stroheim, the on the set realism, the flying acrobatic special effects, and the dark ending that makes this an in interesting inclusion that has been parked in the Odd Cinema Hanger, and is only brought out once in awhile to be looked at like a Smithsonian.


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